Calendar of Events

Programs take place in the museum unless otherwise specified. Click here for public tour registration.
Highlights Tours | Thursdays–Sundays, 12:30 & 2pm
Family Tour: Eyes on Art | Every Second Saturday, 12:15pm

Jun
6
Tue
Artful Conversations for Members with Jared Quinton
Jun 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Artful Conversations for Members with Jared Quinton

Join Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Jared Quinton for a discussion about Justine Kurland’s iconic photographic series, Girl Pictures (1997–2002), recently acquired by the Wadsworth and currently on view in Avery Court. Quinton discusses the work’s Connecticut origins and artful interweaving of cinematic narratives and feminist politics. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and link to register.

Justine Kurland, Toys R Us, 1998, from Girl Pictures, printed 1997–2002. 69 unique C-prints. Purchased through the gift of Robinson A. and Nancy D. Grover and the Alexander A. Goldfarb Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund, 2022.2.5

Jun
10
Sat
Walking Tour for Members: In the Footsteps of Frederick Douglass
Jun 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Walking Tour for Members: In the Footsteps of Frederick Douglass

Meet outside 600 Main Street entrance

When the great orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass first came to Hartford in 1843, he inspired his listeners with a frank condemnation of slavery and its supporters. The city was already a center of Black resistance, uniting enslaved and free people in bold, defiant acts against the vast immoral system. Join this interactive tour led by Steve Thornton from The Shoeleather History Project, beginning at the museum and stopping at the very places Douglass and his local contemporaries struggled for liberation and full equality. The tour will last no longer than 90 minutes and is limited to twenty participants. Walking distance is approximately one-half mile and includes eight stops between 600 and 942 Main Street. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link.

Jul
11
Tue
Artful Conversations for Members: Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe
Jul 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Artful Conversations for Members: Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe

Elizabeth Burgess, director of collections and research at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, discusses three letters connected to Frederick Douglass and held at the Center as well as his interactions with Stowe beginning in the 1850s. These powerful examples of celebrity abolitionist interplay illuminate central themes in the Wadsworth’s exhibition  I Am Seen… Keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation and link to register.

Image: Harriet Beecher Stowe letter to Frederick Douglass, July 9, 1851. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, CT

Jul
13
Thu
Member Panel | Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories
Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Member Panel | Styling Identities: Hair's Tangled Histories

Meet the team working on our upcoming exhibition Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories (March–August 2024) and get a behind-the-scenes perspective on exhibition planning at your museum. Many hands bring an exhibition to life, from choice of objects to wall color, but this show involves the community—including you!—in the development process in new ways. Learn how you might share your hair story.

Image: Romuald Hazoumè (b. 1962 Benin), Agbota, 2011. Found object. The James L. Goodwin Fund. 2014.5.1

Jul
21
Fri
Member Curator Talk: Relax! Leisure and Style
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Member Curator Talk: Relax! Leisure and Style

For centuries, people have signaled their off-hours through their choice of what was often more casual and unstructured clothing. But despite casting off obligations and responsibilities, our fashion has remained as central to us during leisure hours as during our professional or formal moments. Join Associate Curator of Textiles Ned Lazaro for a tour on the final weekend of this Costume & Textiles installation of historic clothing dating from 1750 through 1950. See how past generations dressed—and looked—when they relaxed. Free with required reservation. Keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation and link to register.

Image: Ned Lazaro dressing a mannequin in preparation for Relax! Leisure and Style

Aug
11
Fri
Member Morning: Coffee with a Curator
Aug 11 @ 11:00 am
Member Morning: Coffee with a Curator

Meet Erin Monroe, Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Laura Leonard, Art Bridges Project Coordinator + Curatorial Researcher, at Berkins on Main café for coffee and pastries followed by a gallery talk in Thomas Day: Southern Entrepreneur and Free Person of Color. Hear the story of master craftsman Thomas Day, who built the most successful cabinetmaking workshop in North Carolina during the 1850s. His complex story explores privilege in the face of adversity as well as the rich history of North Carolina’s furniture tradition. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link. 

Aug
12
Sat
Member Perk | See “Object Lessons in American Art” at the FloGris
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Member Perk | See "Object Lessons in American Art" at the FloGris

For two days only Wadsworth members can visit the FloGris for FREE to see Object Lessons in American Art: Selections from the Princeton University Art Museum. This groundbreaking exhibition features four centuries of works from the Princeton University Art Museum that collectively explore American history, culture, and society. Guests can also experience the entire 12-acre campus, which includes the restored boardinghouse, landscape center, an artist’s studio, historic gardens, and the Robert F. Schumann Artists’ Trail offering four meandering walks through the grounds. Plus, stop by the award-winning Café Flo (open 11:30am to 2:30pm) and take in views of the Lieutenant River as you enjoy lunch.

Receive FREE admission for the number of people on your membership. Additional guests will pay full-priced admission. Valid Wadsworth membership card and photo ID are required. 

Aug
13
Sun
Member Perk | See “Object Lessons in American Art” at the FloGris
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Member Perk | See "Object Lessons in American Art" at the FloGris

For two days only Wadsworth members can visit the FloGris for FREE to see Object Lessons in American Art: Selections from the Princeton University Art Museum. This groundbreaking exhibition features four centuries of works from the Princeton University Art Museum that collectively explore American history, culture, and society. Guests can also experience the entire 12-acre campus, which includes the restored boardinghouse, landscape center, an artist’s studio, historic gardens, and the Robert F. Schumann Artists’ Trail offering four meandering walks through the grounds. Plus, stop by the award-winning Café Flo (open 11:30am to 2:30pm) and take in views of the Lieutenant River as you enjoy lunch.

Receive FREE admission for the number of people on your membership. Additional guests will pay full-priced admission. Valid Wadsworth membership card and photo ID are required. 

Aug
17
Thu
Member Evening at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum, Old Wethersfield
Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm
Member Evening at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum, Old Wethersfield

Curator Talk: Colonial Then and Now
5:30pm reception, 6:30pm presentation 

Discover the legacies of collecting and preserving the past shared by the Webb Deane Stevens Museum and the Wadsworth Atheneum. Join Philippe Halbert, Interim Curator of American Decorative Arts, for an illustrated lecture on the evolving meanings of colonial from the 1600s to the present. Working at the turn of the twentieth century, American antiquarians, preservationists, and tastemakers drew inspiration from the colonial period as they crafted narratives of American art and identity. While their efforts varied widely in terms of historical accuracy, they renewed interest in antiques, architecture, and local history. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link.

Sep
12
Tue
Virtual Artful Conversations for Members | Thomas Day: Southern Entrepreneur and Free Person of Color
Sep 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Virtual Artful Conversations for Members | Thomas Day: Southern Entrepreneur and Free Person of Color

Get an inside look at the Wadsworth’s newest Spotlight exhibition featuring an 1855 bureau on loan from the Columbia (SC) Museum of Art. Join Glenna Barlow, curator of education, for an introduction to Thomas Day, a master craftsman and free person of color in the pre-Civil War South. Hear how this exceptional bureau expands our understanding of cabinetry and culture in North Carolina. This Spotlight is the second in a series of exhibitions funded by the Art Bridges Cohort Program that expands the narrative of American art and material culture through multi-institutional exhibitions on display at the Wadsworth through 2025. 

Image: Sign outside Thomas Day’s studio. Photo by Jim Lamb